Without science fiction, David Bowie would still be an obscure folk singer named Davy Jones, and without music, Darth Vader would just be some guy in a silly mask. Celebrate both worlds with today's Groupon: for $9, you get one admission for customers 21 and up to the Fashionably Undead Bash on Saturday, October 1 from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., hosted by the EMP Museum at the EMP Sky Church (an $18 value).
Since opening in the appropriately futuristic year of 2000, the nonprofit museum has helped more than 4.5 million visitors interactively explore popular music and nurture healthy addictions to science fiction. The Fashionably Undead Bash celebrates the EMP’s new exhibit Can’t Look Away: The Lure of Horror Film, an unflinching examination of the lure of horror movies, alongside cinema artifacts, screenings, and locks of Nosferatu hair. The dance party furthers the horror with music from Head Like a Kite and zombie Talking Heads cover band, the Talking Deads, and a horror-movie costume contest with prizes available for the best villain and most scream-worthy duds. Guests can load up on beer and cocktails and allow senior stylists from Vain hair and makeup salon to transform faces into zombies, vampires, and other, better looking, faces.
EMP Museum is a tribute to cultural icons as well as a breeding ground for the next generation of musicians and societal shapers. Here, attendees don’t just stand before exhibits that explore Jimi Hendrix and Nirvana but throw down their own musical chops in interactive exhibits such as Sound Lab, where they riff on an electric guitar, bang on drums, and tweak acoustics behind a mixing console. On Stage also gets guests to grip instruments—but under the hot lights of the stage, where they can pretend to entertain legions of fans or accompany their nephew’s birthday party.
The museum also curates rotating exhibits that celebrate modern cultural achievements. These have showcased the impact of Nirvana’s career alongside historic artifacts as diverse as Hendrix's Electric Lady mixing console and Marty's hoverboard from Back to the Future II. As home to the Science Fiction Hall of Fame, the museum also spotlights luminaries such as Ray Bradbury and Steven Spielberg, who have shaped a generation’s imagination while warning people about the perils of suppressing ingenuity, ideas, and viewpoints.
All of the educational programming and special events unfold inside the architectural jewel that is the EMP Museum. Designed by Frank O. Gehry, the building’s 3,000 stainless-steel panels shimmer and seemingly swing through the air. This fluidity, which can alter its appearance depending on the time of day and light conditions, is about “reminding audiences that music and culture is constantly evolving,” as the museum’s website states.
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